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Director:
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Radley Metzger (screenplay)
John Willard (play)
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Release Date:
1979 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
For God's sake, stay in your rooms and lock the doors!
Plot:
A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Radley Metzger 
 
Writing credits
Radley Metzger (screenplay)

John Willard (play)

Produced by
Ray Corbett .... associate producer
Richard Gordon .... producer
 
Original Music by
Steven Cagan 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Thomson (photographer)
 
Film Editing by
Roger Harrison 
 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
Anthony Pratt 
 
Makeup Department
Mary Hillman .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup artist (as Tommy Manderson)
Sarah Monzani .... hairdresser
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian Bilgorri .... second assistant director
Alan Carpenter .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Derek Creedon .... property man
Dennis Maddison .... production buyer
Tony Neale .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Paul Carr .... dubbing mixer
Anthony Sloman .... dubbing editor
David Sutton .... sound assistant
Ken Weston .... boom operator
Clive Winter .... sound recordist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Clark .... electrical supervisor
Frank Connor .... stills
Mike Fox .... camera operator (as Michael David Fox)
John Golding .... focus
Martin Hume .... clapper/loader
Nick Pearson .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorna Hillyard .... wardrobe
Monica Howe .... wardrobe
 
Other crew
Angela Allen .... continuity
Allen Burry .... publicist
Tamasin Day-Lewis .... assistant to director
Jo Gregory .... production accountant
Jane Oscroft .... production secretary
Raymond Rohauer .... by arrangement with
 

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98 min | Germany:89 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (1979) | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating: re-edited with additional material) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:PG

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Trivia:
Fifth major feature film version of this story, the earlier ones being released in 1927, The Cat and the Canary (1927); two in 1930, The Cat Creeps (1930) and "The Will of the Dead Man" [La voluntad del muerto (1930)] and again in 1939 as The Cat and the Canary (1939), this late 1970s film being made and released about thirty-nine years after that last major cinema version. The story was also made for television about ninteen years earlier in 1959 with "Saturday Playhouse: The Cat and the Canary (#1.28)" (1959).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: After Hendricks is shot fatally three times by Paul, he is still breathing.See more »
Quotes:
Hendricks:But, eh, wasn't it Bertrand Russell who asked 'What is a killer but a hero out of uniform'?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) (V)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Watch out! There's a cat on the loose, 31 January 2002
Author: skottyrock from www.appallingtrash.com headquarters, Tokyo

A family gathers at Glencliff Manor, their deceased uncle's mansion in England, for the reading of his will - 20 years after his death! It's a typically dark, wet and thundery night in 1934......the perfect weather for a will reading......and a murder (or two). For it also happens to be the same night an escaped, murderous mental patient, with a penchant for all things feline, sneaks in (via a catflap - sorry, couldn't resist) to dry off, lick his fur clean......and sharpen his claws!

The family remains unaware of the cat's presence inside the mansion until an anxious mental hospital doctor, searching every nook and cranny for the cat, smashes through a ground floor window brandishing a gun. He urges the family to lock themselves into their rooms and wait for morning.

But the cat attacks. And he breaks a nail...er, a claw or two in the process.

Headlined by Honor Blackman, GOLDFINGER's Pussy Galore, and Carol Lynley, THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE's onboard singer extraordinaire - the latter having mastered an English accent for this role (Funny! When I was younger I thought Carol Lynley WAS English!) - CAT AND THE CANARY weaves thrills, murder, biting wit and choice dialogue into one satisfying hour and a half or so.

Highly recommended.

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